Jupiter Turns Direct – Let’s Get Even Happier

Posted on October 13, 2009
Posted by Jim Sher

I guess the title gives away my teeny weenie bias about the present Jupiter transit. I have a pretty strong Jupiter in my chart (it’s in Sagittarius conjunct my Ascendant) so I know a lot about the tendency for Jupiter to go to the side of excess and over optimism. During its dance with Neptune, though, we have seen the DOW balloon from around 6,500 to nearly 10,000, which mystifies some as unemployment figures have risen steadily throughout the same time period. Also, consumers and businesses are still finding it difficult to get loans as banks are holding onto ‘their’ money so they can be sure to remain stable just in case things worsen. Is that what they are anticipating? So, why is everyone so excited about the economy? From an astrological point of view, the reason is that Jupiter conjunct Neptune brings about over-exuberant optimism and a tendency to gloss over the more severe aspects of any situation. Of course, this is why this planetary pair has gotten the reputation of being the archetypal ‘bubble that bursts.’

Jupiter is stationary right now and actually turned direct last night, October 12th at 9:36pm PDST. This amplifies the influence of Jupiter and makes things seem even better than they usually are. It is a good time to get things accomplished that you’ve been working on for some time, because Jupiter does open doors and breaks down barriers. Also, it is a great time to turn our attention to the philosophical and spiritual side of life. For example, in my astrology classes, this week is concerned with examining the issue of fate vs. free will and we are going into what the ancient Greek philosophers had to say about it. They knew about concepts we don’t even have words for in the English language. Imagine trying to have a discussion about something that one does not have even the right words with which to examine the subject one is trying to understand. That’s how it is for us when we try to understand this most fascinating subject and unfortunately, we don’t even know it. I’m telling you of this because this is the territory of Jupiter. Understanding the limits of knowledge is an aspect of its domain, just as expanding one’s understanding is as well.

The main message for my readers however is that this exuberant optimism, while still quite high, is moving toward its end. It makes its last conjunction with Neptune on December 20th and will then move on into Pisces. At that time, the square between Saturn and Pluto will take on its full influence and we will find out much more about the things that have been hidden from us. Also, it could signal an end to the stock market run up, if it doesn’t occur on November.

More on Where We Are

We have a New Moon coming on Saturday, October 17th at 25 degrees of Libra, which means we are in the Balsamic Moon phase, the end of the present Moon cycle. This is important for us since it tells us so much about we can and cannot do at this time. The Balsamic Moon phase tells us that we need to finish up what was started at the New Moon phase. We are looking forward to the merging new cycle that is yet to be born, but there are still things to do and that’s where our focus needs to be. But it is not time quite yet to begin something completely new. Why? Because the new energy has not yet been supplied to us. That will happen at the New Moon.

For those of you who haven’t tried this, I recommend that you follow the Moon cycle as it moves from its starting phase, the New Moon, through its 1st quarter square right into the Full Moon, the completion or fulfillment phase. It then moves from its waxing or growing phase to its waning phase where we harvest what we have started. At that time we can also notice that the energy begins to decrease as we work to finish some aspect of what we started and prepare for the new energy to come. In other words, even though we are experiencing the expanded state gifted to us by Jupiter, we won’t be able to activate it fully until the New Moon begins. It’s worth following this cycle, which has been done by humans for thousands of years. Humans don’t do such things for so long if it doesn’t work, but to find out if its influence is real for yourself, you have to make the effort to follow its movement. It shocked me when I first discovered it and it could shock you as well. I must also express the sentiment that many of you have already mentioned to me that the act of ‘bombing the Moon’ is archetypally both significant and dangerous. The Moon represents the feminine and interestingly, I saw the picture of the engineers at NASA cheering when the bomb went off and all of the participants were male. They were so excited. I know the science of it and that they were looking for water, but this act is alarming, in my view. The Moon is the archetypal Mother and most scientists know that without the Moon, there would not be life on this planet.

Well, hopefully, I’ve expressed some controversial things so that some of you will be irritated enough to tell me off. Please feel free to do so. And if not, I promise to keep trying in the future.

I hope you will check back to my blog from time to time as people are posting new opinions all the time and I do try to comment on some of them.

All the best!

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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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8 responses to “Jupiter Turns Direct – Let’s Get Even Happier”

  1. j.lorraine@juno.com' Janey says:

    To Jim,

    That’s awesome! May fortunate destiny continue to bless us. Thanks again for your insights.


  2. Jim Sher says:

    To Janey,

    Interestingly enough, when I was younger and with less knowledge of astrology, I also moved to a favorable location without knowing how good it would be for me astrologically. Somehow, I like that notion. It’s more the case of being moved by a fortuante destiny than always needing to be in control. I like that.

    Thanks for writing.


  3. j.lorraine@juno.com' Janey says:

    Aloha Jim,

    To answer your question, I actually moved to Hawaii for two years then came back to Los Angeles before I began to study astrology. So no, I didn’t know about the planetary lines. All I knew was that the two years in Hawaii were the happiest of my life, and I was despondent and depressed to be back in L.A.

    I had a couple of astrology readings and this matter of different planetary energies in different places was explained to me. It was then that I knew I had to come back to Hawaii, even though I had no idea what I was going to do once I got here.

    In L.A. I was close to a Saturn line. But because I’d been there all my life, I didn’t know it could be better and happier someplace else. I just thought life was supposed to be grim, and to me — the Scorpio with Capricorn rising — it certainly was. I exaggerate not when I say my life from early childhood on was wall-to-wall hardship.

    I am still not sure how everything is going to work out over here, but at least now think I have the requiste optimism to attract a better life.

    I don’t suppose someone with Jupiter in Sag conjunct Asc could imagine being anything other than optimistic, but for me it’s been an uphill climb, and I credit being here for giving me the boost I need to achieve a more positive attitude.

    So quite frankly, I don’t care if I ever see Los Angeles again. I have given L.A. County and California enough of my life. The rest of it belongs to these islands.

    Anyway, thanks for asking that followup question. I appreciate the interest. I always look forward to your newsletters and learn so much from them.

    This newsletter was especially welcome as I have been looking forward to Jupiter going direct for sometime so He can hurry up and get into my second house, the cusp of which is 26 degrees Aquarius. I’m counting on Him to help solve my money problems. The cost of living here is way over the top!

    So wish us luck with that 😉




  4. katanawoo@hotmail.com' Rayne says:

    Yay Jupiter direct in my fifth house! 🙂

    Wtf with bombing the moon… every day I live in this patriarchal world makes my Kali side more angry! D: Don’t even get me started on the multitude of anti-feminine things this society does… It’s like people have stopped listening to their DNA. Just makes me so intensely sad 🙁

  5. Jim Sher says:

    To Janey,

    Did you know that your natal Jupiter would be on your Midheaven when you moved to Hawaii, or did you find out after you got there?

  6. j.lorraine@juno.com' Janey says:

    Dear Jim,

    Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunct your Ascendant? Lucky, lucky, you! I have long lamented the fact that my Jupiter is stifled in Virgo (24 degrees) and not well aspected — “afflicted” one might even say, opposition Mars and square moon.

    Afther being in the Los Angeles area all my life, a couple of years ago, I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where my midheaven is right at 24 degrees Virgo.

    What a difference being under a Jupiter line makes! I have never been so happy in my life. It’s not just the wonderful weather, either. I really feel that I have the best planetary energies here to support me. Long live the Jupiter principle!

  7. josie22@verizon.net' josie says:

    Thanks Jim! I am feeling exuberant today… 🙂

    Except for this: I too am very alarmed by the NASA scientists bombing the moon. Its such a poignant example of the old paradigm of humanity’s attitudes, and how short sighted and harsh they can be. Instead of working with BALANCING ourselves within nature, and finding our answer to water shortage there, we are causing destruction and imbalance. This is disrespectful of the mother who nurtures us, foolhardy and NOT worth cheering! If the moon and sun become imbalanced its game over for all of us, water or no water…

  8. vanessamccaffrey@gmail.com' vanesa mccaffrey says:

    What a great article! Bombing the Moon was completely and utterly scary! We need to worry about our own planet before we worry about the Moon’s capability to hold or obtain human life. Interesting yes but nessiarly safe absolutely not. There are other ways to find water… Let’s not rush it! Happy Jupiter’s coming ! I can’t wait to feel the energy Jupiter gives! The change is very much needed! Thanks again!

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